Vetold Frank Daracunas, 93, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born October 3, 1920, in Aberdeen, to Simon Daracunas and Teresa (Strumski) Daracunas. Vetold was raised his whole life here in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Weatherwax high school in 1939. He later joined the United States Coast Guard and served in the Construction Battalion. On Sept 5, 1942, he married the love of his life Maxine M. Colberg in Puyallup. They were married for 55 years. Maxine died on January 23, 1998, after a long battle with cancer.
Vetold worked several jobs in his life which included a saw mill, a foundry, as a grocery clerk, a logger and log truck driver. His longest job was plant operator for the Aberdeen Waste Water Plant. After retiring he later served as the Senior Sewer Inspector for the City of Aberdeen.
He had many hobbies including gardening, flower arranging, fishing, hunting and reading. He was a long time member of the Montesano Church of God where he served as head usher for decades, greeting and serving the adults and children of the congregation always with a kind smile and pocket full of candy. He was a regular participant at the Senior Center in Montesano.
Vetold is survived by his sons, David T. (Paula) Daracunas and Jimmy C. Daracunas both of Quilcene, Wash.; and his daughter, Christina (Calvin) Cassidy of Cleona, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life was held at Montesano Church of God on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Future interment of his ashes will be at Wynoochee Valley Cemetery in Montesano. Arrangements are being handled by Whiteside Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.